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The New Adventures
of Batman is an animated series produced by Filmation in 1977
featuring the adventures of the DC Comics superheroes, Batman,
Robin and often Batgirl. In this series, Batman, Robin and
Batgirl battle various villians in Gotham City. Complicating
things however is the presence of Batmite, a other-dimensional
imp who considers himself the biggest fan of Batman and
insists on helping him, regardless of whether Batman wants it
Commentary:"Bat-Commentary" - An audio commentary from
Filmation historian Michael Swanigan and Filmation founder Lou
Schiemer on two of the episodes from the
Documentary:Dark Versus Light Filmation and
the Batman - (1977 marked Batman's return to television in
Filmations New Adventures of Batman. Â With interviews ranging
from the President of DC Comics to the President of Warner
Bros. Animation, the legacy of Filmation will be examined from
animation style, to how this core DC character was depicted in
The New Adventures of Batman is an
animated series produced by Filmation in 1977 featuring the DC
Comics superheroes Batman and Robin, and Batgirl. The current
distributor is Warner Bros. Television due to parent company
Warner Bros's ownership of DC Comics, which publishes the Batman
titles. It is a continuation of the 1960s Batman TV series which
had been canceled eight years earlier.
The New Adventures of Batman originally premiered February 10,
1977 on CBS. The episodes from this series were later aired
along with other Filmation shows—such as Tarzan, Lord of the
Jungle (1976, CBS) —as part of: The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour
(1977–1978 CBS), Tarzan and the Super 7 (1978–1980 CBS), and
Batman and the Super 7 (1980–1981 NBC).
In The New Adventures of Batman, the "Dynamic Duo" fights crime
in Gotham City, encountering the classic Batman rogues gallery
as well as some original villains. Complicating matters is
Bat-Mite, a well-meaning imp from another dimension called Ergo,
who considers himself Batman's biggest fan. As a result, he
wears a variant of Batman’s costume and attempts to help him,
only to often create more problems (although he is occasionally
an asset). Missing is Alfred, the faithful butler of Batman's
alter ego Bruce Wayne; also notable in this series are the
inverted colors of the "R" on Robin's costume.
In September 1968, before The New Adventures of Batman
Filmation Associates had created and aired an animated Batman
series (pre-Bat-Mite), named The Batman/Superman Hour, for CBS.
This series, the first Saturday Morning vehicle for the Caped
Crusader, paired up new Batman and Robin adventures with old
Superman/Superboy episodes. In 1969, it was repackaged into
30-minute episodes without the Man of Steel and renamed Batman
with Robin the Boy Wonder.
The New Adventures of Batman was produced concurrently with
Super Friends, which was produced by the competing Hanna-Barbera
Productions and included Batman and Robin as members, marking a
rare occurrence in animation history which saw two studios
simultaneously producing series featuring the same characters.
The main distinction was that in Filmation’s series, Batman and
Robin were voiced by Adam West and Burt Ward, the lead actors of
the 1960s Batman series. Hanna-Barbera's Batman and Robin were
voiced by Olan Soule and Casey Kasem, who also voiced the
Dynamic Duo for Filmation's 1968 version, The Batman/Superman
Episodes and villains
The Joker steals an experimental
hydrogen-powered car, disguising
himself as the inventor, but without
his knowledge of the car's weakness.
Bruce Wayne's college friend Scott
Rogers, later the first astronaut to
fly a solo Moon mission, comes back
with a secret.
Batgirl makes a surprise appearance
at the debut of a new machine, that
changes trash into fine fabrics, to
claim it for herself. Or does she?
Joke On Gotham City
out of 5 dentists would reject Sweet
Tooth's plan to ruin children's
health by turning Gotham City's
water supply into chocolate syrup.
An underwater villain keeps a
trained shark to carry out his
Electro stalks Batman and Robin,
intending to shrink them to help him
steal government secrets.
Writing & Wronging
The Penguin opens a crime school,
where young crooks finish with
Not Clayface, but with similar
abilities and a plan to shut down
Gotham City's new lunar/solar
The Joker escapes from prison,
planning to get revenge on Batman by
giving him a series of clues linked
to his crimes.
After seeing a news bulletin where
Gotham City Police has announced the
capture of Joker, Riddler, and 6 of
the most wanted criminals, Mr.
Freeze and his henchman Professor
Frost plan to steal the N-1000 (a
superfast submarine) to pull of the
Crime of the Century.
Clayface poses as Batman and enlists
a reformed criminal turned circus
acrobat to pose as Robin in order to
abduct an Arab oil minister named
During a cold snap, Catwoman and
Clayface join forces to steal oil.
At the same time, a TV newscaster
named Boyd Baxter seeks to show up
||Birds Of A
Feather Fool Around Together
||The Penguin /
In order to win a criminals'
election against Joker, Penguin
invents the 'Crime Slime', which can
turn people into criminals. It makes
him and Bat-Mite switch bodies, and
seems to affect Batman and Robin
Evil Day (Part 1)
||Zarbor / the
Joker / the Penguin / Clayface /
Zarbor, a criminal from Bat-Mite's
home dimension of Ergo, comes to
Earth, enlisting Batman's enemies to
keep the Caped Crusaders busy while
he steals America's nuclear power
Evil Day (Part 2)
||Zarbor / The
Joker / Penguin / Clayface /
Batman and Robin, the villains, and
Bat-Mite follow Zarbor back to Ergo,
hoping to foil his takeover plans,
and recover the stolen nuclear
Like A Job For Bat-Mite!
Zarbor escapes jail in Ergo and
returns to Earth, planning to become
its ruler – with help from the
Reruns aired as part of The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour
Reruns aired as part of Tarzan and the Super 7
Adam West - Batman/Bruce Wayne
Burt Ward - Robin/Dick Grayson
Melendy Britt - Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, Catwoman
Lou Scheimer - Bat-Mite, Bat-Computer, Clayface (1st Time)
Lennie Weinrib as Commissioner Gordon, The Joker, Penguin, Mr.
Freeze, Electro, Chameleon, Zarbor, Clayface (3rd Time), Moonman/Scott
Rogers, Professor Bubbles, Sweet Tooth
The Riddler and the Scarecrow were off limits to the show, as Hanna-Barbera
already had the rights to the characters for Challenge of the
Superfriends (though The Riddler does appear in the opening credits
of the show in a red colored costume, and was mentioned being
arrested at the beginning of the episode Deep Freeze). This is also
the reason why the Joker could not appear in Challenge of the
Superfriends, though he was planned as a Legion of Doom member
References in other media
Homage was paid to The New Adventures of Batman in a 1998 episode of
Bruce Timm's The New Batman Adventures. In the DVD release audio
commentary for the 1998-1999 season, Timm and the rest of the series
creators (writer Paul Dini, director Dan Riba, artist Glen Murakami,
and storyboarder James Tucker) explain that the first segment of the
October 10, 1998 episode "Legends of the Dark Knight" purposely
makes use of the same designs The New Adventures of Batman used for
the Joker, Batman and Robin, as well as the same color schemes and
shading in a nod to both The New Adventures of Batman and to Batman
artist Dick Sprang, whose style heavily influenced the visuals of
the Filmation cartoon (along with Neal Adams). They further explain
that the episode segment also purposely makes use of the trademark
silliness and corny tone of the original series (which differs from
the darker, serious tone of Timm's series) and also mimics the low
frame rate animation style used by Filmation.
The New Adventures of Batman was released on DVD format on June 26,
2007; all sixteen episodes are collected. A retrospective detailing
the creation of the series titled "Dark Vs. Light: Filmation and The
Batman" featuring Filmation historian Michael Swanigan and Filmation
founder Lou Scheimer is included as well.
One episode was released along with an episode of Tarzan in the
Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1970s Vol. 1 DVD also released by
Warner Home Video.
The original villain Sweet Tooth makes a cameo appearance in the
Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "A Bat Divided".
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